Formed by volcanoes, both Lanzarote’s history and landscapes are fascinating. Its beaches are also stunning but the sights the volcanoes have made are definitely the main attraction. Even though it’s not the biggest island in the Canaries, it’s got something for couples and families of all ages. If you want to unwind on some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands and see landscapes unlike anywhere else, you won’t look back on booking a holiday to Lanzarote.
Lanzarote’s coastline has an abundance of beaches ranging from black sand coves to long stretches of golden sand. You can find quiet beaches and activity-packed beaches with water sports, such as windsurfing, for those who like having fun in the sea. In the south, there are several of the best beaches on the island, such as Papagayo; a picturesque crescent-shaped, white sand beach hidden, by cliffs in the Los Ajaches nature reserve.
You could be forgiven for thinking you’re on a film set looking at some of Lanzarote’s dramatic landscapes. They’re so special that UNESCO has given them the World Biosphere Reserve status. Sprinkled across the land you’ll see mountains, black rock formations, lava fields and craters, reminding visitors the island is home to over a hundred volcanoes called the Fire Mountains.
You can get a taste of traditional Canarian culture in many places in Lanzarote. Costa Teguise has a lovely selection of family-run restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine, as does Puerto del Carmen’s Old Town. For an insight into local craftsmanship visit a village market and see the goods made from locally sourced materials. Canarians are known for their folk music and there’s nowhere better to enjoy a night of it than in the incredibly atmospheric Cueva de los Verdes, or ‘Green Caves’.